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Brett Turner - Shelley, Perth, WA, Australia

 

Brett made this telescope for one of my 10" f/6 conical mirrors be bought from me in 2004. The following captions in italics are Brett's own words describing his telescope and pictures, which are some of the finest I have ever seen.

An image of my 7 year old son Cameron, myself and the telescope mounted on the Meade LXD55 mount. The photo show the back porch of our house where I do all of my imaging. The ToUCam webcam is shown attached to the JMI focusser via a Televue 3X barlow. You can just see the Laptop sitting on a folder chair, very high tech.

   

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This shows the top and bottom view of the mirror mount and the conical mirror. Both supporting boards are 3/4 inch ply with 2 inch holes drilled for air flow around the mirror.

 

Saturn 2_8_05: Saturn's declination is more than 20 degrees north, which makes if a difficult target from the southern hemisphere. To produce this image, I recorded 12 minutes in total with the ToUCam, and then loaded 10000 frames into Registax. The final image used 2000 of the best frames.

 

Jupiter 2_25_05: Recorded this image on the 25th of February and is my most detailed image to date, and compares favourable with any other image I have seen taken of Jupiter. The Great Red Spot is just coming into view.

 

Jupiter 3_23_05: Recorded this on the 23rd of March and is in a similar area to the March 5 area. Interesting to note how some of the cloud features have changed.

 

Jupiter 2_25_05: Recorded this image on the 25th of February and is my most detailed image to date, and compares favourable with any other image I have seen taken of Jupiter. The Great Red Spot is just coming into view.

 

Jupiter 2_5_05: On of the first images I took of Jupiter with the new scope. The shadow of Europa has just started its transit across the planet face. The moon itself can be seen on the right.

 

Jupiter 4_7_05: Recorded on April 7 a five days after opposition. The shadow of Io is about to leave Jupiter's disk. The shadow is close to the moon as a result of this image being taken near opposition.